Call for entries for the 2018 Africa environmental reporting awards extended to August 31

Winners during the 2016 Africa Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) awards. PHOTO/COURTESY
KEY TIMELINES:
June 5, 2018:  Official launch of 2018 ACCER Awards and opening for entries to eligible journalists across Africa
August 31, 2018:  Deadline for submission of entries
September 3 – 5, 2018: Review of entries by a panel of judges and decision-making
September 16, 2018:  Announcement of the 2018 ACCER Awards Finalists
October 6 – 9, 2018: ACCER Awards Finalists Academy; training and networking workshop for the finalists in Nairobi, Kenya
October 11, 2018: Announcement of Winners and Gala Night during the seventh edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) Conference
 By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
newsdesk@reporter.co.ke
The call for entries for the 2018 Africa Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) awards has been extended to August 31, 2018.
The 2018 ACCER awards contest with the theme “Changing the Narrative on Environmental Challenges in Africa: the Case of Pollution” will receive entries in the following categories; print, radio, television, photojournalism and online/multi-media.
According to a statement from the organisers of the awards, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the awards were launched during the World Environment Day 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

“The 4th Edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards aims to incentivize and create a critical mass of journalists reporting on the area of climate change and environment,” the statement said.

Mr Patrick Mayoyo, the 2014 Accer awards online category and overall winner has been appointed by PACJA as this year’s ACCER Awards brand ambassador.
Mr Mayoyo the Editor-in-Chief at Daily Reporter is also European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize (Europe) winner, CNN MultiChoice African Awards environment category winner, East Africa Community Media Awards Environment category winner and Social and Environmental Responsibility World Journalism Prize winner.

“As a winner of 2nd edition, PACJA has the pleasure to nominate you as a brand Ambassador for the ACCER Awards. With this appointment we welcome you to the ongoing efforts to raise awareness of this prestigious awards in your country and encourage other journalists to make their contributions in climate change and environmental reporting,” a statement from PACJA Secretary General, Mr Mithika Mwenda, said.

Mr Mayoyo is a member of the UK’s The Guardian Global Professional Development Network and an ACCER awards academy fellow.
Potential 2018 ACCER awardees will present direct entries with brief citations demonstrating how their journalism may have practically enhanced access to information delivery in a specified area in either English or French.
Full details of the 2018 ACCER Awards can be found herehttp://www.pacja.org/2018-accer-awards-call-for-entries/

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